Masters Swimming Australia eNewsletter
September 2015


Masters Swimming Australia Turns 40

Tuesday, September 22 marks the 40th anniversary of the founding of Masters Swimming in Australia. All clubs are encouraged to celebrate at training during the week and raise your water-bottles to our founders!

MSA would love to see photos of celebrations around the country either by email ( or social media using #happy40thMSA. Photos will be collated and shared with the MSA community. 

(Pictured: Members from MSNSW's Warringah in the photo booth at the MSNSW 40th Anniversary Dinner on September 12)

4 & 16 Month Memberships Now Open

September 1 saw the opening of the 2015 4 Month Membership and 2015/16 16 Month Membership season. MSA would like to welcome the twenty-six new four month members and fifty-six new sixteen month members who joined us in the first two weeks of Spring. Register Today.

Thank you to the Club Secretaries/Registrars who opened the new subscriptions. If your club is yet to do so, please see that your subscriptions are turned on ASAP. If you require any assistance, please call your Branch office. 

Swim Into Spring with MSA's Social Media Showdown

All MSA Branches invite you to add fitness, friendship and fun into your life with the "Swim Into Spring" campaign. With activities happening all around the country, including OWS training events and membership offers, visit your Branch website to discover what is happening in your State/Territory this Spring! NSW || NT || SA || TAS || VIC || WA

MSA Social Media Showdown - Masters of Swimming

To celebrate our 40th Anniversary and the Swim into Spring campaign, MSA will host a Social Media Showdown this Spring, with a social media photo competition.

The competition will give members the chance to get creative and share with the MSA community the fitness, friendship and fun that swimming brings to your life. Photos will then be shared on social media and followers can vote on photos. Find out how to enter or vote.

Vorgee Million Metres Program

Congratulations to the nine members who were awarded for reaching their Vorgee Million Metres milestones in August 2015, including a special mention to Barb Brooks (North Lodge, MSV) who received her 10 million metres award.

On receiving her 3 million metres award, Theresa Elliott (Claremont, MSWA) thanked MSWA, MSA and Vorgee on behalf of herself and fellow 3 million metre recipient Richard Fox,

"We have received our three million red fleecy polar and we are delighted. Claremont are very impressed with our outfits; they can’t miss us now!! We appreciate the challenge of swimming to the next million. 

Thanks to Vorgee, it is very generous of them and I always try to support them by purchasing their swim wear and accessories."

Thank you for the kind words Theresa and good luck on your quest for 4 million!

The final Vorgee Million Metres Milestone application date for 2015 is Monday November 2, 2015. Record card and application forms.

A Likeable Milestone

MSA would like to thank and welcome Janet Bell from MSSA's Aquadome Otters, who recently became the 1,500th person to "like" Masters Swimming Australia on Facebook. Thank you to all our followers. 

Join Janet and "like us" today - MSA can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

16th FINA World Masters Championships

August saw thirty-two MSA members travel to Kazan, Russia to compete in the 16th FINA World Masters Championships. Joining the swimmers were two technical officials from MSWA, Ken Phillips and Lynne Duncan. Ken Phillip's Recap & Photos.

Congratulations to all who competed, with a special mention to our new World Record Holders - Dorothy Dickey (800 Freestyle) and Janette Jeffrey (100 Breaststroke; 200 Breaststroke). Australian Results.

(Picture: left - MSA members in Russia on an IST Tour post the 16th FINA World Masters Championships)

Two meets remain in the 2015 MSA Swim Series

Only two meets remain in the 2015 MSA Swim Series with the Queensland, Western Australian, Victorian, Tasmanian, South Australian meets and the National Championships having been completed. Congratulations to all who have competed to date. Leader Boards.

MSTas Winter Championships Recap - August 22-23
The MSTas Winter Championships were the fifth meet of the 2015 MSA Swim Series and saw a record number of competitors for an MSTas meet. Read more. Results.

MSSA Short Course State Cup Recap - August 30
To finish off winter, the MSSA Short Course State Cup was the sixth meet of the 2015 MSA Swim Series. Read more. Results.

Upcoming Meets
Members can still get involved in the 2015 Masters Swim Series, with a further two meets, including the MSNT Long Course Championships and the MNSW Short Course State Cup to take place in October. Get Involved.


2016 MSA National Championships
Melbourne | April 21-24 | MSAC

As the hosts of the 2016 MSA National Championships, MSV have joined together with Quest Apartments to provide MSA members with two great accommodation offers for the 2016 MSA National Championships. Secure your accommodation at Quest today. 


The 2016 MSA National Championships will be held at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre from April 21-24, 2015. Discover More.

2015/16 Meet & Event Dates


CLICK HERE for a current list of meets and events to be hosted by Masters Swimming Australia and our Branches in 2015.

Click on the links below to visit each Branches' meets calendar.
NSW || NT || SA || TAS || VIC || WA

Coaching Corner

Upcoming Club Coach Course Workshops

Masters Swimming WA recently hosted the first official Club Coach Workshop, the practical component of the newly updated Club Coach Course. Congratulations to Kim Tyler, Elena Nesci and 'Tricia Summerfield; and all attendees on completing the course on a chilly but successful day. Learn more about the new MSA Club Coach Course.

Club Coach Workshops are currently scheduled for Queensland, Victoria and South Australia. Upcoming Workshop Dates.

ASCTAconference 2016

The Australian Swimming Coaches and Teachers Association (ASCTA) has confirmed that the asctaCONVENTION 2016 will be held at the luxurious Sofitel on the Gold Coast from 4th to 11th May. With the 2016 Olympics next year the focus of the event is the road to Rio. Learn More.

Coaching Tips and Hints

Older Athletes Have a Strikingly Young Fitness Age
By Gretchen Reynolds

Mature Masters
by Patrick Devine


Improve start time and spring
speed by squatting before the race

By Peter Reaburn

Swimming 101: Back to the Basics
By Wayne Goldsmith


Volunteer Profile


This month, Masters Swimming Victoria would like to celebrate and thank MSV's Awards Desk organiser, Lee Chaplin

A founding member of MSV's Casey Seals in 2001, Lee has held the role of both Registrar and Newsletter editor for the club, supported by her husband and club Treasurer, Greg. Along with Greg, Jan Williams and past MSV President, Greg Bailey, Lee was also involved in writing the Casey Seals constitution.  

At a Branch level, Lee has held the role of MSV Awards Desk organiser for over 10 years. Her hard work pre and post meet to make sure the table is adequately stocked does not go unnoticed.

Thank you Lee from all at MSV. 

Branch News


New South Wales

MSNSW celebrated their 40th Anniversary on Saturday September 12 with a party. Members of the Branch would like to thank Administration Manager, Jillian Pateman for her efforts in organising the highly successful party. See photos from the night.


Northern Territory

MSNT invite you to join in the fun in the Northern Territory with the upcoming MSNT Long Course Championships.

MSNT are also excited to announce the dates for the 2016 Alice Springs Masters Games. Join Alice Springs Masters from October 8-12 2016 at their 25m indoor heated pool for the swimming events. The 2016 Alice Springs Masters Games will officially run from October 8-15.


MSQ would like to congratulate Thelma Bryan (Cairns Mudcrabs) on her recent Positive Aging Award from Positive Aging Cairns. Read more.



South Australia

MSSA is buzzing with activity as swimmers are provided with a wide range of meets - the Mildura Murray Masters Games, 2015 Interclub Series and their MSA Swim Series Meet all took place in August and planning is now well underway for the Australian Masters Games, 2015/16 SA OWS Series and Summer Pool Series Get Involved.



MSTas officially invites all MSA members back to Hobart to the 2015 MSTas Long Distance Long Championships on November 21 and a social function on November 22. Online entries are now open and will close on Friday November 13. FlyerRegister onlineAccommodation in Hobart



MSV members are looking forward to a range of training sessions, clinics and beach sessions over Spring, to prepare them for the upcoming OWS season. Events are open to members and non-members as part of the Swim Into Spring campaign. Find Out More.

Welcome to new club: Yarra Plenty Swimming Club (One Club).



Western Australia

MSWA's Barbara Pellick (Mandurah) recently added another international swim, the Straits of Gibraltar, to her swimming resume. Congratulations Barb. Let Barb inspire you.


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